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Friday Night Review, No Squirrels, and Fudgecicles

I was soooo soooooo excited to be asked to look at some Lakeshore products
I really couldn't control myself ... it was so AWESOME
they sent me the Solar System Match Ups
found HERE

I was excited to open these and play around
and to be honest so was Bub!!!

this is what the box looks like... it says for 7+ BUT my Bub could still use some parts of it

BUB pulled all the pieces apart and wanted me to tell him all the pieces that had the vocab word(s)

the parts with the definition were too hard for him BUT I did read it to him and he remembered... Uranus rotates on its side and Saturn has the biggest rings and Pluto is a dwarf planet... the definition portion of the Match Ups is perfect for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders... they are simple,  to the point, and give just enough facts

I really LOVE how this is self checking... the notches are unique to each Match Up set... which makes it perfect for a center activity

you can even send this activity home with your kiddos that are struggling with The Solar System... it would be a REQUIRED Family Game Night... I have done something like this in the past and the kiddo doesn't even realize you gave them HOMEWORK...

Bub was able to identify the words with the pics and then I read the definition to him and he could match it up... this means you can partner up heterogeneously and both partners feel successful 

just wanted to give you another pic of how it is self checking... each notch matches up to its correct partner perfectly

Bub got mad when I purposely put Venus on the wrong planet... but I wanted to reiterate how it will not MATCH UP

all matched up and ready to put away... REALLY Bub pulled these back out and played with them for a good 30 minutes
 In my HONEST opinion
I really do like these Match Ups

My TOP 3 Reasons are:
ONE- they are self checking which makes it a GREAT independent and /or center activity
TWO- the definitions are short and sweet and TO THE POINT... there is not any EXTRA FLUFF it gives the important facts and I like that
THREE- its components make it a great game for all levels... my 3 year old LOVED it and I know my 4th graders would LOVE it too

Some other ways you could use these...
* speed game... shuffle all of the pieces and have the kids (individual or team) race to complete all of the Match Ups
* Planet Up... give every kid a Match Up piece and then let them partner up with their other 2 pieces... you could time them on this one too... who matched up first.. how long did it take the class to match up
* it could be used as an assessment for lower kids... a modification of sorts... depending on their level of course

As you can tell I really did LOVE this Solar System Match Up!!!
If you are interested please click HERE

they have several other Match Ups too
like Animal, Weather, Rocks & Minerals, Plants, Matter, Insects & Spiders, and Simple Machines

HOLY COW I want them all...
seriously we go OVER all of this stuff!!!!!

OK that about wraps it up...
and hey look I didn't have a single Squirrel moment... YAY Farley!!!

head on over to their FB page... right here.... and tell them FARLEY sent you!!!

OK it wouldn't be a Farley post without a pic of Bub
and YES he wrote this... I told you he is LOVING this Match-Up
 and I am attempting a video of his Solar System obsession
it is hilarious...
he says EARF... not EarTH like 10 times because he dropped a card on the floor
and well you will see
and hurry before your fudgesicle melts...you'll see

 alrighty that about wraps it up



  1. #1- Cute :)
    #2- Love the idea of a mandatory family game night :)

  2. Your son is the cutest child ever!!! And that matchup does look awesome!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  3. Love the mandatory family game night idea!! What a nice way to keep families involved in their student's learning. :)
    Hello Mrs Sykes

  4. You know that show "Smarter Than a Fifth Grader"?
    I think the next challenge is going to be "Smarter Than Bub?"
    (But not completely surprising because he has such a great mom!)

    Personally, I believe a melting fudgesicle can be a motivator for getting many things done!

    What a HAPPY post....

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  5. Bub is so sweet and cute! He's a smart little cookie.

  6. I love this match up! Too cute. It would go perfectly with my solar system unit.

  7. What a little smartie! And a neat game. My 3rd graders would love it.

    Teach on a Limb

  8. Bub is such a doll! This product looks great & I'm headed over now to check out the other ones in this series!


  9. We teach the solar system, sort of, in my district, and this WOULD be a fun center or whatever...family night!! Cost?

  10. I'm diggin it!
    AND I just gave you this award ....
    KIDDING! Hee hee
    It looks like a lot of fun!
    Go Nutty with Me!

  11. This has got to be the cutest thing I have seen!! So awesome :)

    Always A Lesson

  12. Just wanted to let you know I thought of you yesterday at Wal-Mart. They had mustache duct tape!!!!! I'm sure you already know about this but I was pretty excited! :)

    Second Grade Math Maniac

  13. I am totally going to buy that! I teach 4th Grade and we have a Solar System unit---always looking for fun activities for them!

  14. Bub is one smart cookie that is going to keep his momma on her toes! =)

    I am a little sad that no squirrels ran by in this post.

    Heather's Heart

  15. I awarded you The Versatile Blogger Award! Check it out here: http://motivatingmindsstocking.blogspot.com/2012/07/versatile-blogger-award.html

  16. This is such a neat resource...I checked out your link and got super duper excited by a)the price {$13} and b)the variety of topics...i'd love to order some for the fall...thanks for your heads-up! Bub sure is one cutie patootie

    I am hosting a little giveaway on my blog if you'd like to check it out...

    Teach~Play~Smile 200 Follower Giveaway!

  17. This is a great idea and I LOVE your blog!! I could spend hours here!! I just started blogging and it is a little overwhelming. To make it more meaningful and be able to connect with awesome teachers like yourself, I just started my own blog 2 days ago. I can't wait to see where this journey takes me and I hope to be a fellow fourth grade teacher friend of yours along the way. Thank you so much for the inspiration!! I hope you don't mind that I am adding you to "Blogs I Love" on my sidebar:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  18. Hey there! I'm giving you the versatile blogger award! Head on over to my website to check it out!

    I love the Solar System match ups! What a great resource! Thanks for the review!


  19. Hii! I am your newest follower! I just adore that video, and the match up game he is playing! I hope you pop by to see my blog sometime!

    Little Lovely Leaders

  20. Hi! I am your newest follower and I am grinning from ear to ear at that video! How absolutely adorable is that! :) If you have time feel free to stop by my blog! I've just started the blogging world so there's not a whole lot there yet! :)


  21. That is so fun! I am doing a Solar System Unit right now, and these would be wonderful!


  22. I am nominating you for the One Lovely Blog award!

    A Place to Thrive

  23. I have heard so much about your blog throughout blogland that I just have to become your newest follower!

    Lacy's Letters

  24. Hello! I'm organizing a charity drive for a teacher blogger's family- her son was recently diagnosed with leukemia, and I'm inviting people to send "Hats for Kenton" and some little things for his family.

    You can read more about it here:

    Since your blog is so popular, I wondered if maybe you could help spread the word! No big deal if you can't or don't want to; just thought it never hurts to ask! Thanks!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

    P.S.- Your little guy is so cute!!

  25. These look fun!! Kind of makes me wish I taught science!

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